Robert Kuttner (emphasis mine) speaks for me:
In defending the AIG bonuses, CEO Edward Liddy actually said that you had to pay bonuses to attract and keep “the best and brightest talent,” in this case the very people who are costing America’s taxpayers $175 billion and counting. Far from receiving bonuses, these people deserve to share a cell with Bernie Madoff.
It’s beyond “outrageous” at this point. Something has got to give. The rich are still getting richer and the poor are still getting poorer, but the poor all seem to have paid for the rich to get rich.